USA: Be Careful What You Sue For

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Be Careful What You Sue For
If the Supreme Court strikes down California’s “crisis pregnancy center” disclosure act, dozens of anti-abortion laws could fall with it.

Nov 13, 2017
By Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court agreed to weigh in on NIFLA v. Becerra, yet another religion-fueled fight over free speech. NIFLA involves a long-simmering dispute surrounding a 2015 California law requiring the state’s more than 200 “crisis pregnancy centers” to notify patients whether they actually have a medical license, and to disclose that California subsidizes birth control and abortion services. Faith-based anti-abortion groups argue that the law violates the CPCs’ freedom of speech under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court will soon decide whether the California law is constitutionally permissible. If the justices vote to strike down the statute, abortion foes will celebrate the decision as a resounding victory for their cause. An eventual ruling against California, though, could also lead to the invalidation of anti-abortion counseling laws across the country on similar First Amendment grounds.

Continued at source: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/11/abortion_foes_latest_supreme_court_challenge_could_turn_out_badly_for_them.html

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USA: The Worrisome Future of Abortion Rights

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The Worrisome Future of Abortion Rights
Linda Greenhouse
NOV. 9, 2017

Sheriff Joe Arpaio used to require pregnant inmates in the Arizona jails he controlled to get a court order before being allowed out of their cells to obtain a desired abortion. Needless to say, he was sued, and needless to say, he lost. (The sheriff appealed to the Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case.) So he switched tactics to require any inmate who wanted an abortion to prepay the transportation and security costs, something not required for any other off-site medical procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union took the sheriff back to court and won again.

That seemed to be that. Following President Trump’s pardon of Mr. Arpaio three months ago for an unrelated contempt of court conviction, the 85-year-old former sheriff, a right-wing hero for his years of abusing immigrants, seemed finally about to fade from the scene.

Continued at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/opinion/the-worrisome-future-of-abortion-rights.html

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The 3 Most Important Things You Can Do to Preserve Roe v. Wade

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The 3 Most Important Things You Can Do to Preserve Roe v. Wade

Prioritize these strategies.
By Kathryn Kolbert
Mar 23, 2017

The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act underscores Republicans' virulent opposition to safe, legal abortion and contraception. Beyond cutting off Medicaid for millions of low-income Americans, the proposal specifically bars Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood clinics, one of the nation’s largest providers of birth control, cancer screenings, and mammograms for low-income women. And tax credits (which replace the existing subsidies to buy insurance) won't be available to pay for any insurance policy that includes coverage for abortion.

Continued at source: Cosmopolitan: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a9175037/abortion-roe-v-wade-activism-trump/

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Trump on 60 Minutes: if Roe v. Wade is overturned, women will “have to go to another state”

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Updated by Emily Crockett, Nov 14, 2016, 10:11am EST

In an interview with CBS’s Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes, President-elect Donald Trump said he would appoint “pro-life” judges to the Supreme Court — and that if Roe v. Wade were overturned, women would “have to go to another state” if they want an abortion.

“If [Roe v. Wade] ever were overturned, it would go back to the states,” Trump said.

Stahl followed up: “But then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?”

“Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go — they’ll have to go to another state,” Trump said.

“And that’s okay?” Stahl asked.

“Well, we’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “It’s got a long way to go.”

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Source: Vox.com

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